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February 2020

Photograph of APH products, Juno, Chameleon, Mantis and PixBlaster.

The New Year Brings Lots of New Products!

There are few things more frustrating than having spent all your quota funds, only to learn that APH has launched a brand-new incredible product, and you have to wait until next quota season to order.  So, we’re excited to share a peek at some coming-soon products, set to launch before the end of the 2020 quota season.

Learn what new products are in the pipeline…

Code Jumper is Now for Sale!

The wait is finally over, and we are thrilled to announce that Code Jumper is now available for sale! By incorporating Code Jumper into your curriculum, you are providing your students a critical gateway into the world of coding, and possibly a long-term career in computer science.

No experience teaching computer science? No problem! Any teacher can facilitate Code Jumper lesson plans without prior computer science experience! A full library of curricula for coding, including teacher guidance and student activities, is included. We are in the process of adding these resources to the Code Jumper website, so stay tuned for updates as soon as they’re available.

Placing an Order for Code Jumper – APH Quota Customers

Code Jumper is the first APH product to carry both a Quota (or Preferred) and Non-Quota (or Non-Preferred) price. APH Quota customers will be charged the Quota/Preferred price even if you opt to use non-Quota dollars to make your purchase. Below are a few simple steps to help you place your Code Jumper order.

  • To use Quota funds to purchase Code Jumper – place your order as you usually do via the website, or by emailing a signed Federal Quota Order form to PO@aph.org.
  • To use non-Quota funds/cash to purchase Code Jumper – please follow these steps:
    • If you have an existingNet 30/Accounts Receivable (A/R) account set up with APH, you can email your Purchase Order to PO@aph.org.
      • NOTE: If you are an existing Net 30/Accounts Receivable customer wishing to pay by credit card, you will need to place your order with Customer Service by calling them at 1-800-223-1839 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST.
    • If you do not have a Net 30/Accounts Receivable (A/R) account set up with APH, you will need to contact your EOT so they can work with the APH Accounting Team to establish an A/R account. An A/R account is required in order for you to receive the Quota/Preferred price.

New Products

Photograph of MATT Connect with long distance camera and on-screen display

MATT Connect Continuing Education Opportunities – Earn CEUs!

APH and HumanWare are pleased to offer monthly professional development webinars, beginning February 13! The monthly webinars will focus on a variety of topics, and will cover the unique benefits and uses of MATT Connect technology, as requested by our TVI community.

Registration Closed

Topic: Using MATT Connect in the Classroom

  • Magnifier and distance applications
  • Using the split screen camera feature
  • Writing under the camera
  • Transitioning from near to distance viewing
  • Using the distance camera to view more than just the board
  • Using the charging pack with the distance camera
  • Tips and Tricks from the TVI

** If you will join us as part of a group, be sure to sign up individually and earn one Continuing Education Unit!

Upcoming Webinar Dates and Topics:

  • March 19 – Calculators and Semester Exams
  • April 23 – Books, Books and More Books
  • May 14 – Gallery and Notes
  • June 18 – Setting up the MATT Connect for New School Year
  • July 16 – Setting up the MATT Connect for New School Year
  • August 6 – Setting up the MATT Connect for the New School Year

If you have any specific aspects of the MATT Connect that you would like covered during an upcoming webinar, please send your suggestions, or any questions, to communications@humanware.com.

Learn more about MATT Connect.

  • Who are the APH Scholars? We talked with each of them about their passion for the field and the important work they are doing. We’re grateful for our scholars and the EOTs who nominated them.

    Nominations for the 2020-2021 APH Scholars are now being accepted! Do you know someone deserving of the title APH Scholar? If so, teachers, contact your EOT. EOTs can now submit scholar nominations. Nominations are due by February 28th. If you have questions about the nomination process or would like a nomination form, please contact Leanne Grillot at lgrillot@aph.org or Cindy Amback at camback@aph.org.

  • APH partnered with Portland State University to host an OpenStreetMap “Mapathon” at the PSU campus on February 3rd. Participants from the local OSM mapping group, university students and professors, and civic leaders, including Smart City PDX, came together to learn about mapping for accessibility and to contribute to the PSU campus data stored in OpenStreetMap. This mapping work will support the seamless wayfinding study conducted during the Mobility Matters Summit in March at PSU.

  • The National Federation for the Blind is now accepting applications for the STEM Summer Program for blind or low vision students in grades 9-12. The NFB Engineering Quotient (EQ) Program will take place June 21-27, 2020 at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. Accepted students participate in hands-on engineering lessons and activities. The online application (due March 29, 2020) and more information can be found here: https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/national-center-blind-youth-science/nfb-eq

    Students in grades 7-12 who are passionate about space exploration and the power of DNA are invited to apply to the Genes in Space contest. To participate, individual students or groups of up to four people must design and submit an experiment involving DNA that addresses potential problems that can arise in space – the winning experiment will be performed on the International Space Station! For more information and the application, visit: https://www.genesinspace.org/us-contest/

  • From the Migel Library: Selected Articles from the Long Cane News. Seeing Eye Inc., 1976.

    This volume compiles more than seventy-five unique articles on Orientation and Mobility. Familiar names and Hall of Fame inductees such as Loyal E. Apple, Stanley Suterko, Fred Gissoni, C. Warren Bledsoe, and Rod Kossick authored these articles for The Long Cane News – a publication for which very few back issues existed even in 1976. Due to a high demand from students in the O&M field, the articles were tracked down and republished in this volume, which is itself very difficult to find.  This item has been digitized for Internet Archive.

    Migel Library new acquisitions include:

    • Malini, J Sujatha, and R Ranganathan. Training Children with Visual Impairment: Training Programme for Low Vision and Visual Impairment. 2020.
    • Manduchi, Roberto, and Sri Kurniawan. Assistive Technology for Blindness and Low Vision. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
    • McLinden, Mike, et al. Learning through Touch: Supporting Learners with Multiple Disabilities and Vision Impairment through a Bioecological Systems Perspective. Routledge, 2020.
    • Paulson, William R. Enlightenment, Romanticism, and the Blind in France. Princeton University Press, 2016.
    • Romero-Fresco, Pablo. Accessible Filmmaking: Integrating Translation and Accessibility into the Filmmaking Process. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019.
    • Tilley, Heather. Blindness and Writing: from Wordsworth to Gissing. Cambridge University Press, 2019.
    • Wilson, James. The Autobiography of the Blind James Wilson: with a Preliminary Essay on His Life, Character, and Writings, as Well as on the Present State of the Blind. Ward, 1856.

    The APH Migel Collection is one of the largest collections of nonmedical information related to visual impairment in the world. Although the collection does not circulate, an ongoing digitization effort means APH will make materials available online: https://archive.org/details/aphmigel. The digitized texts are available in a variety of accessible formats, including DAISY, Kindle, EPUB, PDF, and read-aloud. Contact Library staff:resource@aph.org; 800-223-1839, ext. 705.

  • APH is conducting field testing for the Accessible Code & Go Mouse Activity Set. The activity set allows kids to build mazes, and then use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse. The coding cards have been adapted into tactile graphics and have been text-described, too. The child programs the sequence of steps to get Colby to find the cheese. The accessible Code & Go Mouse Activity Set builds skills in following tactile graphics, reading and following written instructions, and critical thinking.

    Testing will begin in April and will require a few hours of commitment, along with the completion of a short survey for each student who tests the product. If you are involved in K-6 STEM/STEAM instruction and are available to test this product with one or more students, we want to hear from you!

KeyMath3: YOUR Opinion Counts!

We would love to hear from YOU! Please, complete this survey and share your feedback with us. For those who missed the announcement about the availability of KeyMath3, the following kits are available now on quota:

Once you have purchased your kits, please use the link above to share your feedback. We are anxious to hear from each of you! If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Williams (cwilliams@aph.org) or Leasha Twyman (ltwyman@aph.org).

APH Travel Corner

We’ll be at the following upcoming conferences. We hope to see you there!

Texas Focus
Houston, TX
February 27-29

KAER
Berea, KY
March 4-6

CSUN
Anaheim, CA
March 9-13

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